How to get to Mai Chau from Hanoi

How to get to Mai Chau from Hanoi? We will answer that question for you in this article, and your trip will be really easy from Hanoi to Mai Chau.

With its unique cultural identity and ethnic identity, breathtaking landscape, and cool weather all year around, Mai Chau is flocked by Vietnamese tourists and foreigners who are interested in culture and ethnicity.

Especially every autumn, students from art schools come here for their study tours.

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Mai Chau is one of the famous destinations for trekking in northwest Vietnam and an ideal place for a relaxing weekend break or family trip.

Mai Chau, Hoa Binh

How to travel from Hanoi to Mai Chau

Mai Chau is 145 km from Hanoi, so it can take you up to 4 hours to get there by bus or motorbike. Some backpackers now go on a round-trip from Hanoi to Mai Chau, then to Pu Luong, and return to Hanoi.

Hanoi to Mai Chau Map

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Get Hanoi to Mai Chau by bus

You can take a bus from Hanoi to Mai Chau in My Dinh bus station. Bus to Mai Chau leaves My Dinh bus station at 06:00, 07:00, 14:00, and 14:30. The bus ticket usually costs 120,000 VND.

There's also another bus station in Ha Dong district Hanoi called Yen Nghia bus station.

From there, it takes just 3 hours because Yen Nghia bus station is quite far from Hanoi city center.

Since Yen Nghia bus station is 16 km from Hanoi center, taking a motor taxi to Yen Nghia bus station may take 50 minutes and cost 100,000 VND.

My Dinh bus station - Mai ChauYen Nghia bus station - Mai Chau (direct)Yen Nghia bus station - Hoa Binh centerHoa Binh center - Mai Chau
4 hours
145 km
From 120,000 VND
3 hours
128 km
From 150,000 VND
2 hours
95 km
From 100,000 VND
1 hour 30 minutes
From 20,000 VND

Ha Loan Bus

It is a 24-seat Huyndai County, quite clean, travels fast and has many departure time options. I usually take this bus.


My Dinh – Mai Chau

  • 07h50 - 11h30
  • 14h00 - 15h30

Mai Chau – My Dinh

  • 08h00 - 11h30
  • 13h30 - 17h00

Hotline: 098 271 2418 / 091 2490 679

Price: 80.000đ - 100.000đ

Cuong Coi Bus

Same as Ha Loan Bus except for fewer options for departure times.


My Dinh – Mai Chau

  • 06h30 - 11h30

Mai Chau – My Dinh

  • 11h30 - 11h30
  • 13h30 - 17h00

Hotline: 091 279 6896

Price: 80.000đ - 100.000đ

K Linh Bus


My Dinh – Mai Chau

  • 13h30 - 18h30

Mai Chau – My Dinh

  • 06h05 - 11h05

Hotline: 098 7851 858

Price: 80.000đ - 100.000đ

Tuan Dung Bus


My Dinh – Mai Chau

  • 14h00 - 20h00

My Dinh 14h00 – Former Ha Dong Station 14h20 –Yen Nghia 14h30 – Xuan Mai 15h15 – Luong Son 15h30 – Hoa Binh 16h20 – Cham Mat 16h30 – Mai Chau 17h50

Mai Chau – My Dinh

  • 07h50 - 13h50

Mai Chau 8h – Phu Cuong 8h20 – Lo Market 8h35 –Man Duc Intersection 8h50 –Hoa Binh 9h25 – My Dinh 11h40

Hotline: 096 280 0074

Price: 80.000đ - 100.000đ

Hoang Thao Bus


My Dinh – Mai Chau

  • 14h30 - 20h30

Mai Chau – My Dinh

  • 08h30 – 14h30

Hotline: 096 280 0074

Price: 80.000đ - 100.000đ

Alternatively, buses to Hoa Binh leave Hanoi every 15 minutes between 06:00 and 18:00 (from 50,000 VND), and from Hoa Binh bus station, there are regular buses to Mai Chau.

The bus might drop off down the road from the bus station, but if you make it clear that you're heading to Mai Chau, they'll kick you off at the right place and point you in the correct direction.

From Mai Chau town, it's a 2-3km walk or 20,000 VND by motorbike taxi to the villages.

Another option is to take any bus leaving for Son La or Dien Bien Phu, which will pass by and drop off at the Tong Dau junction about 5 km from town (the road sign for Mai Chau town center reads 'Pho Vang').

From there, a motorbike taxi will be about 50,000 VND or more, and since you're essentially stranded, bargaining won't get you far.

Be warned that some people have found it tricky to obtain a ticket from the desk at My Dinh, and while it's possible to buy a ticket on the bus, be prepared to overpay.

Direct buses back to Hanoi depart from the bus station in town - although no timetable is available, they seemed quite regular. Ask at your guesthouse, though, as some will be willing to get the bus to pick you up.

On our last visit, we were informed that buses went back to Hanoi directly from Bac Village at 11:15, 13:00, and 15:00, but this could change regularly, so don't rely on it.

If you have no joy at the bus station, head to the Tong Dau Junction and wait for a minibus.

Passengers wait in front of Com Pho Tuan Anh just past the Petrolimex station on the road to Moc Chau.

Something will come along each way every half hour or so during daylight hours.

For both buses from the bus station and Tong Dau, be prepared to pay 100,000 VND to get to either Hanoi or Son La -- you might have some bargaining power if you pick the bus up at the bus station, but that depends on how long you're willing to wait for the next bus.

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Suppose you’re keen on traveling by motorbike. In that case, the drive from Hanoi to Mai Chau has some stunning stretches, cruising through villages and along mountain roads with views over the surrounding paddy fields and limestone karst scenery.

The final stretch, coming into Mai Chau, is particularly jaw-dropping. However, on the more negative side, be warned that you’ll have to endure busy, noisy, dusty, and potentially lethal highways before getting to these more pleasant areas.

By the most direct route, Mai Chau is 139km from Hanoi and 66km from Hoa Binh City, but despite the relatively short distances, the drive from Hanoi to Mai Chau can take around 5 hours -- allowing for stops and a steady driving pace -- although it’s doable in less.

Getting around

If you’re staying in Mai Chau town or one of the villages, you can easily get around on foot. But if you want to travel further afield, it’s easy to rent a bike in the villages for 20,000VND per hour -- negotiable for longer rental periods.

Mai Chau taxi company can be contacted on T: (0218) 386 8788 if you need to get back to the main road and can’t find a motorbike taxi.

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